General Guidelines for Developers

Research into the history, geography and traditions of the area remains the responsibility of the developer. When submitting a new name for approval by the Placenames Committee, please consider the following points:-

  • At least three names should be submitted.
  • Include full details of why the name was chosen, with geographic, historic or other references as appropriate.
  • Ensure that the name proposed, or one very similar, is not already in use in the County.
  • In rural areas, the use of the name of the townland in which the development is situated, in naming developments is strongly encouraged. However, particular care should be taken in this instance to ensure that no duplication of addresses occurs.
  • Townland, estate names or other placenames should not be translocated from other parts of the County or the Country. Duplication or translocation of names is undesirable not simply because of the impact this has on the cultural heritage of the area, but also because of the adverse impact it can have on access by emergency services.
  • The use of the Irish language is encouraged. However, mixing Irish and English in one name is not considered appropriate. When choosing an Irish name, for example which may describe a geographic feature in the locality, be sure to check the grammar and spelling of each word.

Using the names of living people or the recently dead will only exceptionally be agreed. If such names are proposed, the Planning Authority will require written acceptance from the named person, the person’s family or estate administrators. If the name of a historical figure is used, the name must have local relevance, and the developer should ensure that all parts of the name are spelled correctly.

Spelling and grammar in English or Irish and correct spelling of proper names should be very carefully checked in the proposed name, and also in any subsequent signposts, plaques or name plates.

Developers are encouraged to erect interpretive signage explaining the source or deprivation of the new place name. This is particularly appropriate in the case of place names after a historical or other locally important person.